WARFIELD and St Joseph’s were crowned victorious in the Bracknell Forest Primary Schools Year 5 and Year 6B Kwik Cricket Festival at Wellington College.

The teams were divided into groups for the first phase, playing all the other teams in their group for a place in the quarter finals.

In the Year 5 section there were five groups with the group winners and three best runners-up progressing.

There were clear winners in every group with Warfield, Ascot Heath, Uplands, Wooden Hill and New Scotland Hill all going through.

The best runners-up were determined by run rates with St Joseph’s, St Margaret Clitherow and Whitegrove all scoring heavily despite losing one match each.

In the quarter finals there were comfortable wins for Warfield, Uplands and Ascot Heath, while Wooden Hill finished nine runs ahead of St Margaret Clitherow.

In the first semi final, Ascot Heath set an average total of 225 and at the start of the last over Wooden Hill were just one run behind.

However, a late wicket saw Ascot Heath through by six runs as teams lost runs when a batsman was out.

It was not quite as close in the second semi final, but only because of a wicket on the last ball when going for glory as Warfield won by nine runs.

Warfield had grown steadily into the festival, but their score of 224 in the final was a bit under-par. However, they bowled and field magnificently to restrict Ascot Heath to just 183 and therefore win the Year 5 section.

In the Year 6B section, there were three groups with the winners and best runner up qualifying for the semi finals.

Binfield and St Joseph’s won all their games to qualify easily, while Uplands went through with a better run rate having tied with Whitegrove.

Ascot Heath went through as best runners-up with a superior run rate to the others.

In the first semi final, Ascot Heath and Uplands had both scored 219 at the end of six overs. Ascot Heath eventually set a target of 221, but some fine hitting by Upland’s last pair saw them through by 26 runs.

St Joseph’s had a more straightforward passage after scoring well to make 252, and they then bowled superbly to both save runs and take wickets leaving Binfield well short of their target.

In the final, St Joseph’s continued their consistent form, batting first to score 253.

Early wickets and tight bowling in the second half of the Uplands innings was enough to see them home by 41 runs.